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“Legend and Tropical Wonder”
Review of One Foot Island

Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Aitutaki
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Owner description: This tiny island in Aitutaki's beautiful lagoon contains a post office and a single cabin that can be rented by visitors. Most visitors just come for the day to experience the tranquil location and to snorkel in the lagoon.
Reviewed 20 October 2013

One Foot Island, or Tapuaetai in the native language, is one of 22 islands within the Aitutaki Lagoon. This island derives its name from the legend of a father and son that were spotted from a distance by a chieftain’s warriors fishing in the chief’s private lagoon. When pursued, they retreated to this island and the father sent his son ashore to hide in the trees while he followed, stepping in the same footprints as his son before. When the warriors arrived, they found the father and only saw one set of footprints, assuming they had caught the sole culprit, the son’s life was saved and the island was named. We visited the island for about 90 minutes as part of our Vaka Cruise lagoon tour during our Air Rarotonga day tour. Approaching the island, the water was a particularly brilliant shade of turquoise and the sandy beach where the boats arrive was clean, wide and white with bright green palm trees stretching overhead. Of the islands we visited during our lagoon cruise (in order; Akaiami, Moturakau, One Foot) this was the most beautiful with a wonderful beach and swimming area. There is just a touch of development with a tiny snack bar and post office just off the beach hidden in the palms which offers a few items to eat, beer and other drinks. The post office sells post cards, postage stamps and an opportunity for a souvenir passport stamp that is popular so be sure to take a few dollars ashore with you. We explored a good portion of the island and the area the tour boats arrive at is the most beautiful part of the island with an excellent beach and swimming where blue star fish, colorful fish and hermit crabs can be seen. One Foot Island is a beautiful place that we will never forget.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We had a day trip to one foot Island. We had a great lunch served on this private beach. There is a post office where you can get your passport stamped with a one foot Island stamp it's pretty cool. When the tide is out you can walk along the sand banks for miles. Loved every minute .

1  Thank 915Margaret1955
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We went here with the Aitutaki Adventures tour. Very great experience on this small island. Only a Post Office ... that strangely serves alcoholic beverages alongside regular postal needs. So technically, the best Post Office I could think anyone would encounter. The folks were very nice and the stamp for $2 NZD is worth it. A keepsake if you will. This small island just further emphasizes the relaxation and serenity of Aitutaki.

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Take your passport and get the cutest stamp in it. It costs $2 so don't go on a lagoon cruise without any cash!
you can buy nice cold beers here for $5
friendly people here.
the water is amazing!

Thank KPwhanau
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Even if you have never snorkled before a great place to start, it was my daughters highlight. The BBQ lunch was scrummy & getting yr passport stamped was a good momento.

Thank 42Bundy66
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